Wordless Wednesday — Last Week’s Trip to the Isle of Wight

Wightlink Passenger Ferry
On the Isle of Wight Ferry
Union Street, Ryde
Union Street, Ryde
Vanessa
My lovely daughter, Vanessa

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Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. She's into nature, gardening, and natural health. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

22 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday — Last Week’s Trip to the Isle of Wight”

  1. What lovely blue skies and what a beautiful daughter you have there Sarah. But then no surprise there… 😉 I remember a visit to the IOW when my eldest was three (a while ago, ha!) and I’m sure we must have gone to Ryde but can’t remember. A lovely place though and so glad you had such a lovely time xxxx

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    1. My daughter is far more beautiful than me, but thanks, Sherri 🙂 Ryde Pier Head is arrival and departure point for the Wightlink foot ferry, if that jogs your memory. Union Street, in my second photo, is the main shopping street that climbs a fairly steep hill from the seafront road. That building on the right, with the statues on top of it, is quite famous, as it belonged to Hughes & Mullins, who were granted a Royal Warrant in 1885, naming them as “photographers to Her Majesty at Ryde”. When I email you, I’ll send you a closer up picture of the statues, which also shows the old Hughes and Mullins sign at the side of the building.

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  2. My gran lived on the IOW for years and she lived just outside Ryde in a place called Binstead, I spent so many hours there during holidays growing up, my daughter got to spend lots of time there as well but my son has only had one visit so far just before we moved my gran up north to spend her final years closer to the family, I cannot wait to take him back again and show him all the places we visited down there over the years,

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    1. Wow, Paula. I know Binstead. The IOW is just wonderful. My daughter used to go there every year with my parents during Cowes Week. Whilst my father sailed his boat during the day, my mother would take Vanessa out to all sorts of places around the island. She fell in love with the place and, as an adult, moved there after deciding that South London wasn’t the best place to raise her own children.

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      1. Tall, skinny, but hopefully not stringy. That being said, on a bad day, I’ve looked in the mirror and announced that I resemble a deranged stick insect. Of course, my family reassure me otherwise!
        Thanks for the comment about me being a grandmother. A few years ago, when sitting in a cafe holding my grandson in my arms, this French tourist was convinced he was my baby.

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      2. Tall and svelte (sounds so much better than skinny!) Stick insect!! Funny lady!
        That is so cool! Way better then being an old parent who looks like a grandparent… A friend of mine that I went to high school with just became a daddy (again) at 51! No thanks. Not for me!

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      3. Egads! No thank you! I had my boys at 32, 34 & 35…more than late enough (I calculated how old I’d be when the baby was 18!) Not as young as others but not too old to enjoy myself!

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    1. Thanks you, Sylvia. Yes, my daughter is very elegant. She’s one of those people who can sling on any old thing and look a million dollars.
      The Isle of Wight is fab. That street lamp reminds me of the one in C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books.

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    1. It was lovely warm weather that day. I certainly noticed how cold it was in comparison, when I arrived back in my hometown on the mainland eastwards along the coast a few days later. Also the Sussex seagulls seemed much noisier than the IOW ones.

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